Blowing snow closes rural schools, delays others

Published 6:27 am Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Southland, LeRoy-Ostrander and Hayfield-Brownsdale schools were closed due to blowing snow Tuesday, while Grand Meadow and Lyle started two hours late.

The area saw flurries yesterday and today, but the chief problem was blustery winds causing drifting and reduced visibilities, especially on rural roads.

Those conditions are expected to continue today with 15 to 18 mph winds and 26 mph gusts.

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Tuesday opened with temperatures dropping to zero and wind chills reaching minus 14 early this morning. After an expected high of 9 degrees today, temperatures will drop to around minus 7 overnight with wind chills reach close to minus 21.

The winds are expected to subside on Wednesday, but chilly temperatures should persist through much of the week. Wednesday’s high is expected to be around 7 with overnight lows near minus 6 with minus 23 wind chills.

After an expected high of 11 and low of 4 on Thursday, Friday will see temperatures drop from a high of 14 to minus 10 overnight. Saturday’s high should only be around 3 degrees before warming to near 18 on Sunday and 25 on Monday.